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April 27, 2017

CWY sends indigenous youth to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and hosts event

MONTREAL, Q.C. (April 26, 2017) – Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY) and Arnold Blackstar, Director of Indigenous Programming, are proud to announce the participation of six indigenous youth at the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16), from 24 April to 5 May, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This is the third edition of the CWY United Nations Seminar, one of the four pillars of the CWY Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

This experience will provide an opportunity for indigenous youth to address their issues, priorities and needs in an international forum. At the same time, this will enable youth to acquire knowledge, skills and strategies in working with United Nations mechanisms and bodies, including meetings with international representatives.

“The program is CWY’s commitment to build the next generation of indigenous leaders in Canada and around the world”, explains Arnold Blackstar, who is accompanying the youth delegates in New York.

In addition, to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 10th Anniversary, CWY and the Permanent Mission of Canada at the United Nations in New York hosted an event with indigenous youth in the company of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs on April 25th.

“UNDRIP stands as an enormous development towards the elimination of human rights violation, discrimination and marginalisation of Indigenous People. It is a key framework for reconciliation”, concluded Arnold Blackstar.

The six registered CWY indigenous youth that are members of the Canadian indigenous youth delegation participating at the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues are: Darian Lonechild, White Bear First Nation, Saskatchewan; Andre Couillonneur-Bear, Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan; Zoey Roy, Black Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan; Patricia Hall, Black Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan; Lacey Eninew, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Saskatchewan; Cole Cook, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Saskatchewan.

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Members of the overall Canadian indigenous youth delegation along with the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (far left), and Ambassabor Marc-André Blanchard, Canada’s Permanent representative to the United Nations (far right).

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The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Chief Perry Bellegarde with members of the Canadian indigenous youth delegation at the 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Please view a video of Daryl Kootenay and Ariel Crawler, CWY alumni, at the event at the Permanent Mission of Canada of the United Nations by clicking on the image:

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336, mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org.

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336
mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org